The wind blew, but the snow didn’t fall as expected and western Nebraska got lucky.
Blizzard conditions forecast by the National Weather Service failed to materialize in southwestern and western Nebraska, though it did get cold and the winds did pick up.
Only flurries developed in southwestern Nebraska. Winds gust up to 40 miles per hour at times.
Forecaster Matt Masek with the National Weather Service says the area dodged a bullet.
“The blizzard that was expected is not going to materialized to the way that we expected,” Masek tells High Plains Radio, an affiliate of Nebraska Radio Network.
Masek says the precipitation isn’t over. Western Nebraska could still see some more snow overnight.
“I think for the most part the wind is going to be biggest issue, at least into the evening hours,” Masek says.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office confirm there have been some vehicles blown over on Interstate 80 in the Panhandle due to high winds.
By Ryan Baker, High Plains Radio